Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse
Gressenhall Farm is a great place to spend a day out and a unique opportunity to discover all about the lives of people who here in the past. It is advised you spend a whole day here to fully unlock the wonders Gressenhall Farm and workhouse have to offer.
Once used to grow food for the inmates staying at the workhouse, the farm at Gressenhall is using traditional farming techniques to really capture the lives of inhabitants. Look out for the cart rides which travel around the farm so you can have a relaxing journey to your destination. At the farm we have various other activities which you participate in, such as the farm animals which you can see up close and personal, our nature watch cameras which gives you a different perspective on wildlife.
Suffolk Punches work the farm and they are a breed very much part of the East Anglian landscape. This breed nearly died out due to the decline in horse power because of mechanisation, but great steps have been made to secure their future, however they are still rarer than the Giant Panda!
The museum contains vast collections of objects from people who worked the land at the time.
There are big changes happening at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. “Voices from the Workhouse” is a three-year Heritage Lottery Fund project which will transform the museum displays telling the real stories of the people who lived and worked in the workhouse. While we are working on these displays some parts of the site will be closed or empty, please check our website to find out updates.
The smaller buildings contain some of the shops and homes of the past which have been brilliantly recreated to provide a realistic experience for you. Village Row, including a general store, Post Office, Seed Merchants' Shop and Forge, School Room, Cherry Tree Cottage, Panhard et Levassor Motor House are all part of the recreation.